Monday 22 January 2018

'That is completely wrong' - Noel King hits out at women's team solicitor's 'outrageous' comments

Noel King speaking on Morning Ireland.
Noel King speaking on Morning Ireland.

Former Ireland women's team manager Noel King has called comments from PFAI solicitor Stuart Gilhooly 'outrageous and completely wrong'.

Gilhooly was speaking at a press conference yesterday where the women's team aired their grievances against the FAI regarding their treatment, with the solicitor claiming that the players 'are dirt off the FAI's shoe'.

Speaking on Morning Ireland today, King, who now manages the Ireland U21 team, took exception to Gilhooly's remarks, saying that they were insulting to people who have worked hard to build up women's football.

"It's not what they [the players] had to say, it's what the solicitor had to say from the PFAI, 'dirt on the shoe, fifth class citizens'," King said.

"That is absolutely outrageous and completely wrong.

"The money the women are given is on par with the boys if you go, U14, U15, U17, U19, seniors. The senior women's would arguably have more input internationally because they have eight friendlies this year and have just come home from Cyprus after four games.

"So for that man to say that, it really throws it in my face and all the people who work with us to try and get the women's game up to the level it's at today."

King also said that the women's team's claims over sharing tracksuits with underage sides had been sorted, which Gilhooly disagreed with on Today with Sean O'Rourke while also addressing King's response to his earlier comments.

"I don't know where he's coming from with this," Gilhooly said on the issue of tracksuits.

"I never mentioned Noel King, this has nothing to do with Noel King.

"I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved over the years but nobody mentioned Noel. I think Noel is probably being disproportionately upset at what has been said. This isn't about him. This is about the basic human rights that these women are unhappy with and I can tell you, they heard what he said this morning and they are very disappointed."

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